Tim Radford

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Tim Radford
Journalist Tim Radford speaking.jpg
Born 1940
New Zealand
Education Sacred Heart College, Auckland
Occupation Journalist and writer
Notable credit(s) Science editor at The Guardian, 1980–2005
Children 2

Tim Radford (born 1940) is a British–New Zealand freelance journalist, born in New Zealand in 1940 and educated at Sacred Heart College, Auckland.[1] At 16, he joined The New Zealand Herald as a reporter. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1961, working at first as a Whitehall information officer.

Radford worked for The Guardian newspaper for 32 years. Over the course of his career, he was letters editor, arts editor, literary editor, and science editor — holding the latter post from 1980 until 2005.[2] He also served on the UK committee for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. He is married with two adult children.[1]


Radford has won four Association of British Science Writers awards:[3]

  • Lifetime achievement award for services to science journalism, 2004
  • Best feature on science subject in a national or regional newspaper, 2004, for Touching the Void, published in The Guardian on 22 July 2004
  • Best communication of science in a non-science context, 2001, for Tell us, Solly, published in the London Review of Books on 20 September 2001
  • Other awards in 1992 and 1997


  1. ^ a b Radford, Tim (3 June 2008). "The Guardian writer profile". London. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Of course scientists can communicate". Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Association of British Science Writers award winners". Retrieved 6 October 2012. 


  • The Address Book: Our Place in the Scheme of Things (2009), 224 pages, Fourth Estate (April 2011), Paperback ISBN 978-0007356294; Hardback ISBN 978-0007255207
  • The Crisis of Life on Earth: Our Legacy from the Second Millennium (1990), 224 pages, Thorsons (October 1990), Hardback ISBN 978-0722521397